Although I do delight in the fact that the cooler weather means I become less oily (than the usual), it also means I can "experiment" with richer moisturizers and products. I use the word "experiment" loosely of course, because I am still prone to flare ups with my skin sensitives.
Anyway, if you find that your previously combination skin is acting up due to the change in temperature, then you may have to transition into more weather-appropriate products. Here are some of my picks:
I've always though that foaming cleansers were top notch in terms of cleansing. It was only very recently that I discovered the power of cream cleansers. I've had this VMV Red Better Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream since last year (a gift from VMV) and stashed it in my "to-review" pile hoping to be able to use it someday.
When another flare up/breakout ensued a few weeks ago due to product testing, I decided to dig through my pile in search of a gentle cleanser. I didn't want to risk any more reactions. So I found this and used it for a couple of days. The results weren't instantaneous, but the flare ups did calm down after a couple of days. VMV Red Better Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream is a thick cleansing cream that leaves my skin soft and smooth, never taut. I would recommend it for sensitive complexions and ladies battling psoriasis (hello, Kari!).
The Paul Penders Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk is an organic brand from the US. I won it via an online raffle :) Paul Penders products are cold-processed which means the full potency of the natural ingredients are preserved. The product is milky and a lot more fluid compared to VMV's. Both of these products are great as facial cleansers on their own, they can help remove a little bit of makeup but I prefer using them as step 2 of my double cleansing routine.
I wouldn't have discovered Physiogel if not for the Bridal Bliss Glamourbox. Now, the Intensive Cream has become an indispensable part of my routine. It's great for elbows, feet and knees, especially if you leave it on overnight. Thanks to First Tier Branding Solutions for sending me the whole line! I use the lotion for my body and the cream on dry spots. The moisturizing properties of Physiogel is impressive! Physiogel boasts of their DMS (Derma Membrane Structure) technology that helps repair skin and retain its moisture even after 3 days.
For the face, I still stick to my Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer come rain or shine. Sadly, it has dimethicones but it's okay for me until I find a better alternative. I top this with Armada 60 or my Skin Savvy 60.
I have grown to love my Hurraw! Lip Balm in Peppermint, as in, I would hoard soon. Love the tingly and non-greasy feel plus the fact that it's organic. The cute shape also makes it worthy of whipping out in public places for touch-ups :)
Pimples, rashes, blemishes
I've been using this since early this year but totally forgot to blog about it, I'm on my second tube already! If you have sensitive skin and need a pimple-busting product, then try the VMV Red Better Spot Corrector. It comes in a salve base and contains salicylic acid and green tea. It soothes pimples in a few days yet doesn't irritate the skin around it. Best used at night because it can be quite oily. For chaffing and rashes, try the VMV Red Better Flare Up Balm. (Tip: Leave both in the fridge because the product tends to seep out when the temperature rises).
What are the products you use during the -ber months?
Share them with me in the comments :)